LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Lorenzo Mauldin’s availability for Sunday’s season opener against Ohio will be determined following his release from the hospital after the Louisville defensive end was hit by a vehicle while riding his Moped on campus Tuesday morning.
Cardinals coach Charlie Strong said after Tuesday’s practice that Mauldin told him that he had some pain and soreness after visiting him in the hospital. Considering the circumstances of the accident, the coach called it “good news” that the junior could be released as early as Wednesday.
However, Strong wouldn’t say if his starting end could play against the Bobcats and noted that junior B.J. Dubose was prepared to go in Mauldin’s absence. Dubose had 15 tackles in seven games last season with four starts.
Asked about Mauldin’s status, Strong said, “that’s going to be the doctor’s call, that’s not my call. We’ll be able to get him back out here and then just see how it goes after tomorrow. … It won’t be a distraction because we have enough players ready to go play.”
University spokesman John Drees said that Mauldin’s Moped was hit by a sedan riding in the same lane near the school’s Yum! Center training facility just before 9 a.m. and left the scene. Drees added that university police are investigating.
Athletic department spokesman Rocco Gasparro added that Mauldin — who was not wearing a helmet — was “alert and responsive” when he was taken to the hospital. The university announced in a release that preliminary tests on the 6-foot-4, 243-pounder were good and that he was being evaluated as a precaution at Jewish Hospital.
Mauldin missed time last season with a sprained knee but posted a career-high 22 tackles, including a team-high 4.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss.
During Monday’s news conference, Strong described Mauldin as an intense player who goes “100 miles (an hour) and it doesn’t matter (whether) it’s in shorts or full pads. His tempo, that’s the way he goes.”
The coach said that Mauldin’s accident wasn’t likely to result in restrictions against players riding Mopeds.
“He has a Moped, and players have bicycles,” Strong said.
AP freelancer writer Josh Abner in Louisville contributed to this report.